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The hard landlady
oil on copper
35.5 × 45.0 cm
inscribed (diagonally) in grey paint l.r.: J Dorner 1787
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1936
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International


This frame takes the form of a French Rococo double frame. These frames are characterised by swept edges on the face and back of the frame. They are built on a wooden profile that has a scotia on both sides. This form is recut to create the curved shapes of the swept edges which are then embellished with composition ornament. They are distinguished by the absence of a rectangular back edge and the sense the frame is layered, with a swept patterned surface sitting above another similarly shaped frame.

Other frames in this form are found on William Etty, Dorothea, William ETTY  Study for the deluge (1843) (Nude woman asleep) and William Nicholson  La belle chauffeuse (2047-3). 

Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf


old repairs to losses in composition overpainted with gold paint